PRC signs MOA with MMC and MMCF

March 27, 2015 2:38 am 

MANILA, March 26 — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) signed on Thursday with the Makati Medical Center (MMC) and the Makati Medical Center Foundation (MMCF) a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) aiming to facilitate the deployment of PRC Emergency Field Hospital (EFH) in cases of mass casualty incidents.

The PRC was represented by its Secretary General, Dr. Gwendolyn Pang, while Dr. Gabriel Gabriel represented the MMC and Dr. Victor Gisbert the MMC Foundation.

The signing ceremony was held at the PRC Logistics and Training Center in Subic.

Under the agreement, the MMC, being a long-time partner of the PRC, will provide manpower support to the PRC-EFH domestic deployment which will enhance the capacity of PRC to respond to health needs during emergencies.

The MMC Foundation, on the other hand, will complement the manpower capacity of MMC in favor of PRC deployments, including but not limited to doctors, nurses, technicians from their partner hospitals, medical personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and privately-owned companies taking into consideration their corporate social responsibilities.

In an effort to better address urgent needs during disasters, the PRC has improved its capacity to respond to future emergency health needs through deployment of EFH.

However, the use of EFH, which aims to cover the basic health care needs of a population of 30,000 patients, as a response tool to disasters requires the availability of experienced personnel on very short notice.

Hence, the PRC sought an agreement with the MMC and the Foundation to ensure that there will be adequate EFH Personnel to be deployed efficiently and effectively during disasters. (PNA)

/LSJ/EDS

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